The Animated History of Scotland

The Animated History of Scotland

Scotland is a country north of England on the island known as Great Britain. It’s worth knowing that although the country has been united with the English since 1707, it’s very important that if you ever visit, don’t call them British. Celtic people arrived on the British Isles in the first millenium BC and spread to form the Britonic, Gaelish and Pictish people, who all hated each other for some reason. This lasted until 43AD, by which time the Romans were having so much fun conquering stuff they decided to make it a thing. The Picts proved very difficult to conquer, and the Romans were unable to invade the Highlands in an area called Caledonia. The name Caledonia probably originating from one of the Pictish tribes called the Caledonii. Emperor Hadrian of Rome built a fortified wall to defend against the Picts. By the time the Romans left in 450 AD the south of Britain was conquered by the Germanic Anglo-saxons. Scotland by this time was politically divided into four kingdoms: The Celtic Picts, Scotti and Alt Clut, and the Anglo-saxon kingdom of Bernicia. Scotland later shamelessly stole its name from the Scotti who were actually originally from Ireland. Bernicia eventually become Northumbria, and when the Vikings invaded it became the Kingdom of York. The Gaels in the picture united under a dude called Kenneth Macalpin to form the Kingdom of Alba. It is worthwhile to note that most of Europe were fighting against the Vikings in the 10th century. Scotland, not wanting to be left out, joined in. The Vikings were defeated in 927 by the newly-formed Kingdom of England who then continued to invade north into Scotland. The Kingdom of Alba, Strathclyde and Dublin united against the English but were defeated in 937. The two kingdoms made their peace and Strathclyde was annexed by Alba in 945. The next two centuries is basically war with England. Fast-forwarding to William Wallace. After the death of King Alexander who left no heirs King Edward of England appointed John Balliol as King of Scotland in 1292. Then Edward was like: To which John called up the French King and was like: And Edward was like: Then this guy named William Wallace says And kicks the English posterior all the way back to London. The English later killed Wallace and two more wars were fought, but the Scots eventually gained independence from the English in 1357. In 1371 King James III gained the Orkney and Shetland Islands in a dowry. He became engaged to Margaret of Denmark. Around this time Scottish Gaelic had died out to a regional language, largely being replaced by the Germanic Middle English. In the early 16th century Scotland became influenced by the teachings of Luther and Calvin, who were like: To which the Scots replied And so the Presbyterian church was born, solidifying Scotland as a Protestant nation. In 1603 Elizabeth I died without an heir, leaving her cousin, James VI, as King of England, Scotland and Lord of Ireland in a personal union. Time to get messy. James & his son King Charles attempted to create more political and religious unity among the three nations who couldn’t reach any compromises. Rebellions are sparked all over the Isles, which began the English Civil War and the War of the Three Kingdoms resulting in England’s victory and dominance in British politics. There’s a lot more to cover here, but the war was so needlessly complicated that there’s no way I could cover it in enough detail here. In 1707, after a failed attempt at colonialism by Scotland, the Acts of Union were passed between the English and Scottish to merge the two countries in a political union, forming the Kingdom of Great Britain. The Scottish economy and Parliament were dissolved and absorbed by London while retaining Scottish law and religion. The Union brought in a lot of money to the Scots, who became part of the growing British Empire. After a brief Jacobite uprising, Scotland saw growth and prosperity. In the 1800s Scotland prospered under the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution, to become a strong manufacturing economy. The Scots fought in WWI and WWII under the Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1999, Scotland was granted devolved powers. a step towards independence while remaining in the Union. The Scottish National Party became the majority government in the Scottish Parliament in 2011 and a referendum was held on Scottish independence in 2014. Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom, along with being granted further devolved powers. In 2016, after Scotland voted to remain in the European Union while the rest of Great Britain voted to leave, Scotland has shown increased support for a second independence referendum to be held within the next two years. Where shall we go to next? Comment below, and don’t forget to like and subscribe. We’ll see you next time.

David Anderson

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100 thoughts on “The Animated History of Scotland

  1. Suibhne says:

    If anyone wants to see me at VidCon Australia check out this video:

  2. The Roar Of The Electric Lion says:

    You forgot about Wales…

  3. Bradders - says:

    Scotland is nothing without the rest of the UK, they have no allies, no set trade deals, they would not be allowed to join the EU, they would whither and die

  4. ellaa m says:

    too fast!

  5. Raleighburner15 Hynes says:

    Scotland had a major food shortages in 1640 and the Scottish Protestant presbyterian had to flee to Ireland to be fed by the Irish people but they ended up staying And still won't leave

  6. InvaderTif13 says:

    wish u would of gone more into the jacobite army

  7. John Barrett says:

    Animated history should have mentioned a terrible part of Scottish history, the Highland Clearances where Scottish Highlanders were kicked out of their homes, left with almost nothing, banned from practicing their culture, and forced to migrate across the Atlantic to Canada and USA, including Nova Scotia (New Scotland) where over 30% of that Canadian province's population have Highland Scottish ancestry.

  8. George Hackett says:

    This is utter rubbish. I guess that's what happens when the producer hasn't read any history at all. Too much to go on here, but I advise getting your history from a bus timetable as a greater authority.

  9. Alya Kristanova says:


  10. Flavius Belisarius says:

    0:08 You mean english

  11. Flavius Belisarius says:

    0:33 the wall wasn't built to prevent invasion but to track populations going through the checkpoints, there where entire tribes that theoretically where tributaries to Rome that wall wall cut straight through their territory. They did this to have a more direct oversight of what these rebellious tribes where doing.
    Rome had far superior methods to deal with invasions of tribes, for the purpose of preventing future tribal invasion a 90 mile wall isn't on the roman top 3 tactics.
    Rome could just never spare the numbers needed to pacify a tribal area the size of Scotland. One time they came close but politics got in the way of that.

  12. Saguntum-Iberian-Greek Konstantinopoli says:

    You mean "don't call them english" british is fine because its in British isles

  13. Drew Fisher says:

    What? Not a single mention of the Bruce?

  14. Saguntum-Iberian-Greek Konstantinopoli says:

    1:07 does it is Scottish english transliteration from Scot language?

  15. MNM mcg says:

    Did you call the Picts a Celtic people? Weren't they completely distinct from the Celts?

  16. crème brulee says:

    2 years later and we dont have a referendum rip 🙁

  17. Luka Zorko says:

    2x speed…

  18. Mollie Marchant says:

    I love these videos but please slow down

  19. Imagine FOB at the disco says:

    0:10 thanks for reminding people, I hate being called British but being called English is worse (if u call me that then u have a death wish)

  20. JohnnyAppleSeed 49 says:

    Does not mention Scotlands war with Norway.

  21. Rafe Hardin says:

    I’m part Scots-Irish and would LOVE to visit the beautiful highlands of Scotland someday

  22. barra says:

    Scottish Independence will be won! You're false saying we were granted powers after voting to remain in the UK, we were lied to and back-stabbed, not 1 promise was upheld. Most people voted to stay in the Union as we were told going independent may mean we would have to leave the EU. Then England decided to leave the EU a few years later, forcing us out as well.

  23. Doran Grant says:

    You should remake the Scottish one because making it in to 4 minutes is abit of a joke we have so much history and you could make a way longer better video about it.

  24. MsMouse3911 says:

    Why do you talk so fast?

  25. Curly says:

    3 Things that I like from Scotland

  26. Mich 1404 says:

    Call them British all you like, but never call them ENGLISH

  27. S N says:

    Chan eil Dia ann ach Allah,is e Muhammad teachdaire Allah

  28. Moravian Armory says:

    There was so much that happen between the Vikings and William Wallace! lol. Great sum up. We are focusing on the civil war in the 1100's.

  29. Ross Carpenter says:

    I’m Scottish and this video missed out all the good parts and just made it boring.

  30. evansdrad The celtic nationalist says:


  31. evansdrad The celtic nationalist says:

    they are british just don't call them english/anglo-saxons but don't call irish, british as the irish are not in britain but are in eiru

  32. NEO CON WAR HAWK says:

    Hadrian: make the roman empire great again build a wall a make the Scots pay for it also kick out the germanic people.

  33. Georgia Newman says:

    Do Greece it’s a very culturally and historically rich place

  34. Faolan says:

    Please vote for independence🙏

  35. Avocado Gems says:

    Then Brexit happened 😂

  36. evansdrad The celtic nationalist says:

    If any scots voted to remained in the U.K move to england because why would you want to stay in the U.K ?

  37. ADL 27 says:

    I go to a gaelic school in scotland 🙂

  38. Sunny N-Pilly says:

    This guy is talking way too fast…. this video suck

  39. Sunny N-Pilly says:

    Is it safe for blacks to visit Scotland?

  40. NO ANIME :0 says:


  41. The Imp • 25 years ago says:

    It's shite being Scottish!!

  42. Kingston Taylor says:

    The British are coming.

  43. Forexalised says:

    Imagine saying nothing about Robert Bruce, a national legend, a national hero.

    You may as well just have some t the video calling us English over and over because it's just as offensive.

  44. Wilfredo I Ramirez says:

    Damn this guy talks fast 😂

  45. Lilian Ragusin says:

    Love the caricatures! Entertaining and informative. So impressed and proud. Good on ye mate!

  46. OpalAngles* says:

    No one calls me British, NO ONE!

  47. IM Me says:

    Scot Gaelic was the main languages of the scotland untill 1750 after that it become less needed for English was the main language. Scot gealic is still used today..even in the citys smh!

  48. IM Me says:

    Greetings from ireland
    Éire go Bragh💚💙Alba Gù Brath

  49. Aloy despite the Nora says:

    My people will rise once more someday

  50. Buyuk Iskender says:

    Scots should not speak English in official places, only scotish and gealic Scottish. The scots should respect thier own culture, instead of imperialistic english.

  51. siw_ says:

    I slowed down the video but for some reason still can't understand what is being sad, just what kinda dialect is this Dx

  52. Jonah K. Halley says:

    Speak faster pls

  53. Alba H says:

    please speak slower 🙄

  54. Oakeye says:

    You don't really know what your on about do you?

  55. Jinkus_Jewman says:

    “Failed colonialism”

    I mean they got Nova Scotia don’t they?

  56. EloquentTroll says:

    I desperately hope Scotland leaves England to falter in their dumb ass Brexit decision. Likewise I hope Northern Ireland joins with Ireland in dumping their stupid asses to the curb. Heck, let Wales kick the England the heck out. Let Glasgow and Cardiff prosper as London trips on its own stupidity.

  57. Earth Suit says:

    speaking way too fast.

  58. Epla üíñ says:

    Long live Scottish independence,Anglo-Saxon Get Out!!!
    From Singapore🇸🇬

  59. Sándor Macneil says:

    The English get 2 videos and we get 4 minutes? Do this again and do it properly

  60. Gavin Wilson says:

    Scotland has not shown Extr support for an other independence referendum. We don't want one!!!! So stop this SNP propaganda

  61. Cameron C says:

    Why are you speaking so fast?
    And why are you not swearing?

  62. Francis Friesen says:

    Do San Marino

  63. Sahar Ehsani says:

    I am from Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 and do Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 I do a lot to learn

  64. Some User says:

    Separation is a dangerous ideology

  65. Graham Johnson says:

    Scotland is a dependency of England . It always has been .

  66. Mark Pritchard says:

    What basically means in English the Welsh are the real britons

  67. Uruguay y Nigeria says:

    LONG LIVE SCOTLAND! FREEDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  68. Blue Bandit says:

    Where’s the animated history of Wales?

  69. DG99 says:

    Us Scots don’t mind being called British as we are, its if arrogant and uneducated people call us English that annoy us

  70. Micheal Lee says:

    If this did not happen we would have gotten pushed northwest to Canada and had family spill blood for the country and don't forget Constantine or Carruthers Clan Royal Family form Scotland.

  71. WTFS a Plane123 says:

    Bish i wanna be brittish not scottish

  72. Calum Roney says:

    Don't call us Scots British?, naw, just make sure ye say Scots first.

  73. S H says:

    I'm English Irish and Scottish but I think they should be giving the English a referendum on whether they want Scotland in the union. England pays for free Higher education and free prescriptions for Scotland meanwhile the English have to pay.

  74. Yzen - Robin says:

    you didn't mentionned Hogwarts

  75. Evan Browning says:

    "Scotland prospered in the industrial revolution" you know not what u say. U dare ignore the Highland clearances brought on by the ruthless capitalism of this era, an event which has left Scotland forever scarred as such

  76. Andrew Leadbetter says:

    Still wish we were independent!

  77. geriatrical101 says:

    that was god.but slow down next time 😉

  78. Reptile Declan says:

    Being called British ok but being call English is offensive

  79. Left anti pc says:

    Scottish are children of English

  80. Corrupted Disorder says:

    Alba gru bràth

  81. Project_Sammy says:

    I believe the scottish know that their country will struggle a bit, being independent, but I also don't think they're gonna leave.

  82. Godstolemybike Jones says:

    Call them Irish and tell the men "what a pretty skirt you're wearing!"

  83. Joseph hubbard says:

    You confused English with British at the beginning, the Scottish are British.

  84. David Levesque says:

    Please do a piece on Scandinavia, why it's 3 countries, and is the land area more North and South. Or does most of it lay east and west.
    I know there are no genetic Scots, because they just become a unified group to fight off Romans. But after 2000 years, isn't there something geneticist begins to i.d. Scots, as Scots, and not simply of the British Isles?

  85. Twm Llwynog says:

    Please do Cymru. ❤️

  86. John MacNeill says:

    you left out robert the bruce

  87. siw_ says:

    I'm listening at 0,75 speed and still can't understand everything ><

  88. Mike Carone says:

    Donald Trump's Mother

  89. Richard Nagele says:

    O,o do iceland

  90. Adam McConnoran says:

    You missed out alot of importent information

  91. Adam McConnoran says:

    You left the northern irish border..

  92. 1 2 says:

    love Scotland from Hellas

  93. Cilcito 58 says:

    What I a Scot, loves about England is that wee can pap them with all of our woes. We blame them for everything and it's easy, we get away with it. Our children learn it at an early age, too young to realise it cannot be true, but also young enough to suspect it for the rest of your natural life.

  94. Sgt. Frosty Jack says:

    Thank you for a comprehensive history lesson that my own high school could not provide. It's like Scots aren't ment to learn this information

  95. War Zone says:

    I wish Scotland was Independent

  96. Peter Barr says:

    How do you play this at half speed?

  97. Sean says:

    I'm English and I love Scotland, I know they hate us, but I just love everything about it, the castles, single malt whiskey, tartan and great people. It is such a magical place.

  98. J.C.S S. says:

    Stupid why does everyone forget that Scotland colonized nova scotia

  99. 空Shiro says:

    I’m Scottish and English I don’t care when people call me British. Cuz it’s true

  100. dÿłåń ėâtš çàkē says:

    What is that music in the backround! I heard it before! It isn’t scotland the brave or any of those others! TELL ME!

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